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European Digital Innovation Hubs: one-stop-shops for companies and public administration

Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) have been created all over Europe since 2016 with the support of EU Funding. A DIH catalogue – "yellow pages" – was put in place and monitors the development of DIHs across Europe. The aim of the European Union is to ensure that all companies would have a DIH at working distance. In fact, the brand-new Digital Eu...
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European Research and Innovation Days 2020

​European policymakers are progressing with the finalisation of a budget agreement that will shape Horizon Europe, the next big research and innovation programme starting in 2021. Investments in new technologies and excellence science will be crucial in the post-pandemic transition. European Research and Innovation Days, taking place on 22-24 Septe...
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Is your country ranking as an Innovation Leader ?

2020 edition of the European Innovation Scoreboard is out this week. The EIS confirms that the innovation performance of the EU has increased by 8.9% since 2012, with performance having increased the most in Lithuania, Malta, Latvia, Portugal and Greece. Sweden continues to be the EU Innovation Leader, followed by Finland, Denmark and the Netherlan...
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SME Instrument: what to expect in 2018-2020?

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While the last cut-off dates of the 2017 SME Instrument call for proposals are approaching, it is already time to look ahead and share some details about what applicants should expect by the new calls to be launched under the 2018-2020 Work Programmes.

Schuman Associates analysed a draft version of the new European Innovation Council pilot WP 2018-2020 that, on top of the SME Instrument, also include three other innovation support schemes: Fast Track to Innovation (FTI), FET Open and Inducement Prizes. All these schemes have been adapted to support market-creating innovation more effectively, also taking into account recommendations collected from the Horizon 2020 interim evaluation.

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H2020 to receive extra €200M – and not €400

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In the mid-term review the Commission suggested an increase of €400 million for HORIZON 2020- EU's funding programme for research and innovation. However, Günther Oettinger, recently appointed to manage the EU's budget, said H2020 will in the end only receive €200 million. The money that is allocated presents a compensation for the €2.2 billion that was taken from the programme to fund Juncker Plan: The European Fund for Strategic Investments.

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